7 amazing places to live in London’s Zone 5 with easy commutes to central

This lockdown has seen some Londoners reflect and think about moving somewhere with more space.

While inner London boroughs definitely have their merits, they can sometimes feel pretty busy and cramped, even during the lockdown, and many people who live in them don’t have gardens.

So what if you want a little more space but don’t want to wave goodbye to your life in London?

London’s Zone 5 has some amazing options for places to live that offer quick, easy journeys into central as well as a bit more space, quieter areas and cheaper property.

Here’s some of the areas in London’s zone 5 to look at.

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1. Bromley

Bromley town centre
Bromley town centre isn’t a lovely clean place to hang out at all
(Image: Grahame Larter)

Average flat price to buy – £263,000 and to rent per month – £1,011

Close to the beautiful Kent countryside, Bromley also has a popular high street and a fascinating history.

It’s an incredible 20 minute journey into the heart of London, from Bromley South or Bromley North.

2. Barnet

Average flat price to buy – £295,000 and to rent per month – £1,037

You can get into London on the train easily from New Barnet station which is in Zone 5.

Barnet is full of shops and restaurants, and entertainment venues, as well as open green spaces and sporting activities like golf.

Around 450 new homes are being built around High Barnet Tube station, leading to regeneration in the area.

3. Croydon

Average flat price to buy – £238,000 and to rent per month – £991

Maybe it used to be part of Surrey, but Croydon is now very much a London borough and it’s a popular place to live.

There’s plenty to do in Croydon itself but it’s also a quick, easy journey into places like Clapham Junction and London Bridge.

4. Twickenham

Twickenham Stadium is being converted into a Covid-19 testing centre for key workers
Twickenham Stadium is being converted into a Covid-19 testing centre for key workers
(Image: Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Average flat price to buy – £366,000 and to rent per month – £1,252

Apart from being the home of England Rugby, which is a pretty great feat, Twickenham locals get to live close to the river and enjoy plenty of close by amenities.

It only takes 25 minutes on the train to London Waterloo from Twickenham. You can also travel from Strawberry Hill and St Margarets.

5. Chislehurst

Average flat price to buy – £279,000 and to rent per month – £976

Chislehurst is known as one of south east London’s greenest areas to live with its commons and nearby National Trust land.

It has a high street with shops, cafes and restaurants, and it’s a 21 minute journey on the train into London Bridge.

6. Enfield

Average flat price to buy – £244,000 and to rent – £1,000

Enfield has a small town feel but there’s also lots of surrounding green spaces, including Trent Park and Forty Hall country parks.

It’s a very family-orientated place to live, with easy commuting options and some good schools.

It takes less than half an hour to get the train into Moorgate from stations including Enfield Town, Enfield Chase and Oakwood.

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7. Wallington

You get this if you move to Sutton
(Image: Lorna Roberts / Thomas Alexander Photography for Castle Farm)

Average flat price to buy – £263,000 and to rent – £1,011

Wallington has an extra special feature that people flock from pretty far to see – its lavender fields. Looking like a sea of purple, it’s a definite bonus to have them on your doorstep.

You can get the train into Victoria or Blackfriars. From Wallington it takes around 40 minutes and from Hackbridge and it only takes around half an hour.

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